Arts Educator / Arts Administrator / Theatre Artist

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Desired salary: $40,000.00
Desired position type: Full-Time
Location: Decatur Georgia, United States

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JAEHN (pronounced “Jane”) CLARE is a theatre artist with more than thirty years experience as an actor, director, producer, playwright, touring artist, teaching artist and arts administrator. She first exercised her interest in theatre as a teenager, as an award-winning member of her high school Drama Club. Since then Jaehn has earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), and an M.A. in Dramatic Literature from the University of Essex (Colchester, England).

Jaehn has worked with a variety of professional theatre companies both in the U.S. and abroad, including two years on tour with Illusion Theater (Minneapolis). She has also written a number of dramatic scripts, including two solo performances. The first, BELLE’S ON WHEELS, was written as her Master’s dissertation project, and earned Jaehn a Commission Award from the British Arts Council (London) in 1989. The piece premiered in a seven-week, thirty-five performance tour of England and Scotland, produced by Cosmorama Theatre; the project later garnered an Indie Award for Outstanding Achievement (The Independent newspaper, Santa Barbara, California 1995). Her second original one-woman performance piece, titled TAIL TELL TALE, premiered in 2002 at the FOCAS Festival presented by Alternate ROOTS in Lexington, KY. Jaehn has performed each work for international audiences, during her participation in three VSA International Arts Festivals (Brussels, Belgium, 1994; Los Angeles, California, 1999; Washington, DC, 2004).

In 1986, Jaehn served as the Chair of the founding Board of Directors of VSA Minnesota, and she has served as a Board Member for a selection of other non-profit arts organizations. Jaehn has also presented at diverse conferences across the country, including serving as Keynote Speaker for multiple VSA International Careers in the Arts Forums. She is a published writer whose work has appeared in several issues of Melpomene magazine, and her essay “I Wasn’t Born a Mermaid” is included in From There to Here, an anthology of work by individuals who have survived traumatic injury (edited by Gary Karp and Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D; published by No Limits Communications, Inc.).

For more than twenty-five years, Jaehn has served as an access and inclusion trainer, as well as working as a Teaching Artist in classroom settings. She has taught acting, creative writing, creative movement, improvisation, arts integration, and access and inclusion practices to diverse learners in a variety of communities, and Jaehn was a member of the 2006 inaugural class of VSA Teaching Artist Fellows. She is also a Georgia Wolf Trap Teaching Artist, working the Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists since 2006. In July of 2007, Jaehn was invited to be one of a group of teaching who collaborated in sharing arts classes with dozens of Egyptian and Syrian students during a summer arts residency in Cairo, Egypt, hosted by the Townhouse Contemporary Gallery, and organized by the U.S. State Department, VSA and VSA of Egypt.

Jaehn Clare offers her heart and intelligence in service to her personal professional mission ~ to contribute authentically to productive social change, and to contribute to the creation of positive public images of people with disabilities in our culture and communities. She is a fierce advocate, a resourceful artist, a disciplined worker, a dedicated arts educator, a skilled arts administrator ~ and an enthusiastic participant in the banquet of Life.

Jaehn also maintains a profile on Linked In, including a selection of Recommendations.


December 1990
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, Colchester, England
M.A. Literature (Drama)

May 1984
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, Minnesota
B.A. Theatre Arts; Minor, Humanities

August 1977 – January 1980
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, Vermillion, South Dakota
Theatre Arts Major



June 2011 – May 2013
Professional Learning Teaching Artist, the Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
o Design and teach workshops for Teaching Artists and for classroom educators, the Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists
o Design and teach in-school residencies with students pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade students, in the Georgia Wolf Trap program / Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artist
o Design and teach workshops for the Arts Partners program, the Woodruff Arts Center Professional Learning Initiative

June 2000 – June 2011
Director of Artistic Development, VSA arts of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
o Work with the Executive Director on programming directly related to the artistic goals of the organization, including curriculum for Artist development, programs and lesson plans for in-school/community residencies, workshops and master classes.
o Maintain official records and documents, to assist in grant reporting and application.
o Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field., including attending and presenting at relevant conferences and gatherings.
o Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
o Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations
o Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public in partnership with the Executive Director
o Be responsible, in partnership with the Executive Director, for the recruitment, employment (contractual) and communications of all artistic personnel, both paid and volunteers.
o Manage Arts for All Gallery including working, as a peer, with all committees, contractual curators and artists related to the work of the gallery.
o Maintain basic marketing efforts for Arts for All Gallery in partnership with the Executive Director

October 1994 – March 1995
Associate Artistic Director, Stepping Stone Theatre, St. Paul, MN
o Planned & implemented all aspects of the company productions
o Hired production, design & technical staff for company productions
o Scheduled, publicized & oversaw auditions
o Scheduled rehearsal space
o Oversaw the rehearsal process
o Ensured availability of costumes, props & other required production materials
o Oversaw & approved the design & creation of promotional materials
o Designed & disseminated evaluation surveys to community children & youth serving as performers
o Supervised box office staff
o Documented each project with a final report at the conclusion of each production

May 1993 – October 1994
Administrative Staff, The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN
Multiple roles, including:
o Hired & supervised a talent pool of touring performing artists
o Booked performance dates
o Processed contracts, payment to artists & evaluations forms
o Auditioned potential new talent
o Oversaw an artist exchange program funded by the Pew Charitable Trust
o Scheduled workshops & residency activities
o Implemented program documentation & grant reporting
o Scheduled classes
o Managed the registration process
o Contracted & managed payment of instructors
o Organized & promoted an ongoing series of roundtable discussions & public readings serving emerging & developing playwrights of diverse cultural & ethnic backgrounds
o Scheduled meeting date & venues
o Copied & disseminated scripts to readers
o Scheduled discussion facilitators

November 1991 – November 1992
Tour Manager, Alice B. Toklas Memorial Theater, Minneapolis, MN
o Managed all production aspects related to an independent tour of original performance work
o Booked performance dates
o Processed contracts
o Disseminated promotional materials
o Traveled with the performer, serving as on-site contact person & technical assistant
o Processed payments to performer, production staff & technical crew

January – March 1986
Administrative Assistant, Office of Education / Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN

July 1984 – March 1985
Administrative Assistant / NEA Intern, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN


July 7 – 26, 2007
Collaborating Teaching Artist, the 2007 Summer Workshop at The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt; an international collaboration sponsored by VSA, VSA of Egypt, and the U.S. State Department

October 2006
Teaching Artist Fellow / Presenter
October Institute, VSA, Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA

June 2006 – present
Georgia Wolf Trap Teaching Artist, Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists, Atlanta, GA

May 2000 – June 2004
Teaching Artist / Express Diversity!, VSA arts of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

September – November 1999
Instructor, “Acting for Kids,”; Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Macon, GA

April – May 1999
Instructor, “Intermediate Acting”; Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Macon, GA

January – March 1999
Instructor, “Improv: Take 2”; Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Macon, GA

September – November 1998
Instructor , “Improvisation”; Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Macon, GA

May 1997 – September 1998
Drama Coach, First Street Arts Center, Macon, GA

March 1997 & November 1992
Guest Artist Third Street Kids, Tucson, AZ

April 1997
Guest Artist Youth Actors’ Company / Theatre Macon, Macon, GA

November 1995
Guest Artist-in-Residence
Substitute Teacher, “Spectrum” / Senior Seminar; Cretin-Durham Hall, St. Paul, MN

1992 – 1996
Residency Artist, Theatre Arts / COMPAS Writers & Artists in the Schools, St. Paul, MN

June 1986 – November 1987
Actor / Educator, C.L.I.M.B. Theater, Inc., St. Paul, MN


March 9, 2013
“Arts for All,” Arts Access/VSA NC; a professional development workshop for Teaching Artists, Cary Arts Center, Cary, NC

February 18, 2013
“The Arts in the Common Core,” Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning (APAL) & Atlanta Public Schools; professional development workshop for visual arts specialists, Carver High School for the Arts, Atlanta, GA

June 2012
“Drama for Everyone,” Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists; a professional development workshop for classroom educators; Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA

April 22, 2010
“ACT*ivating Inclusion Through Drama”; Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC

February 25–27, 2010
“Arts & Inclusive Learning Core Session,” February 25, 2010, in collaboration with Deborah Stuart; Arts Institute, presented by VSA arts of Michigan, MacMullen Conference Center, Roscommon, Higgins Lake, MI

October 16, 2009
“Addressing the Needs of Diverse Learners Through the Arts,” in collaboration with Russell Granet; Columbus, OH/VSA arts Institute; presented by VSA arts of Ohio

July 27 – 31, 2009
“Integrate, Innovate, Collaborate: Building 21st Century Schools Through Arts Integration,” Annapolis, MD; presented by AEMS Alliance & Young Audiences/Arts for Learning

July 17 – 19, 2009
“The Arts as a Tool to Unlock Student Success and Create Inclusive Communities,” a VSA arts Institute, Hong Kong, China; sponsored by VSA arts and Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong


  • Theatre Arts
  • Access & Inclusion
  • Arts Administration
  • Arts Education
  • Arts in Education
  • Arts Integration
  • Directing
  • Teaching Artistry
  • Grant writing
  • Playwriting
  • Wheelies

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    Golden Key Antionl Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi

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